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Berkshires of Massachusetts welcome you to outdoor adventures in the mountains

The Berkshires of Western Massachusetts are the end of the state packed with allure for outdoors folks. Start with the mountains and their ski areas and then move on to the region’s fast-moving rivers, and you have fertile ground for outdoor adventure. Winter and snowfall, or course, bring skiing and snowboarding and snow tubing to Berkshire-area resorts. But these places and towns around them also hum with action in summer and fall: mountain coasters, mountain biking, zip lines and canopy tours, white water rafting, and, in fall, foliage viewing from mountain tops and zip tours. Great outdoor adventure getaways are just right for singles, couples, and families with kids. For the less-dynamic among us, a walk or simple bike ride in a state park is a delight.

231 River Street North Adams, MA, 01247 Phone: 413-664-0400

Explore the great outdoors from your perch at the Porches Inn

Art is all around you at the Porches Inn at MASS MoCA, but not just in museums. There is artistic beauty in the natural world, too, and you can enjoy it by taking a short drive to five ski areas, a dozen golf courses and several state and local parks. Snowmobile to the summit of Massachusetts’ highest peak (you can see for 90 miles) at Mount Greylock State Reservation, hike a part of the famous Appalachian Trail or walk above and through a breathtaking quarter-mile chasm at Natural Bridge State Park, featuring the only natural white marble arch in North America. Depending on the season, you can go swimming, boating, fishing, camping, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, all close to the inn.

Route 2 (Mohawk Trail) Charlemont, MA, 01339 Phone: 800-532-7483

Fun, fun, fun are the watchwords at this experienced outdoor center

Since 1989, Zoar Outdoor has been providing exhilarating New England adventures for all ages. We can honestly say we offer you one-of-a-kind experiences on land, water – and in the air! Plunge over whitewater rapids on a beautiful river, fly through a Berkshires forest on a zip line canopy tour, or rent a stand-up paddleboard and survey the wildlife from your perch on a serene lake. From our adventure center in Wilmington, Vt., explore the Green Mountains via snowshoes, cross-country skis or mountain bike. To really experience the great outdoors, stay with us in Western Massachusetts at one of our five tent sites or 11 cabin tents or in our Hawk Mountain Lodge. No matter your level of experience, we have an outdoor activity you will love and instructors and guides to make it safe as well as fun.

37 Corey Road -- Route 43 Hancock, MA, 01237 Phone: 413-738-5500 Toll-Free: 800-882-8859

Great outdoor family fun is live and active over four seasons

Jiminy Peak Mountain’s four-season resort offers lodging, shopping, and dining in the Village Center and Country Inn, plus an outdoor heated swimming pool, the In-Touch Day Spa, fitness room, game room, and more. It’s also home to the largest ski and snowboard resort in southern New England. Forty-five trails and nine lifts cater to skiers of all skill levels, and three terrain parks provide rails and jibs for new and experienced park riders. Enjoy outdoor summer fun with a double dose at the adjacent Mountain Adventure Park and Aerial Adventure Park, and plan some activity at the Soaring Eagle Zip Ride and Mountain Segway Tours. This wonderful family place offers memorable mountain resort experiences with outstanding service in remarkably beautiful surroundings.

Route 2 Charlemont, MA, 01339 Phone: 800-553-7238

Family Owned and Operated Whitewater Rafting Outfitter

Add whitewater rafting to your outdoor adventures this year. Crab Apple offers outings on the Deerfield River in Massachusetts and the Kennebec and Dead Rivers in Maine. You’ll enjoy full day rafting trips on mild Class 1-3 rapids or more aggressive Class 3-4 rapids. Or take a mild half-day trip in guided rafts or inflatable kayaks. Friendly and knowledgeable guides share information and stories about local history, wildlife and hydrology all with a personal touch. There’s great food and excellent equipment. Maine location includes riverside lodging, pub and heated pool. Massachusetts location sits along historic Mohawk Trail.

30 Main Street Stockbridge, MA, 01262 Phone: 413-298-5545

With the inn as you base camp, get out & enjoy natural New England!

What can you do in the Berkshires with the historic Red Lion inn as your rallying point? Everything! You can hike up breathtaking mountain trails in the summer and ski down those slopes in the winter. You can go horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, snowshoeing, snowboarding. You can ask for racquets and balls at the inn’s front desk and play tennis at one of the town’s four courts or go golfing at the private Stockbridge Golf Club where guests have playing privileges. Bikes can be delivered to the inn so you can cycle through town. You can visit the meticulously restored Hancock Shaker Village or the Berkshire Botanical Garden’s 15 acres. Then come back to the inn and relax in the outdoor pool and hot tub.

66 Thunder Mountain Road Charlemont, MA, 01339 Phone: 413-339-6617

Intense skiing, zipping, rafting, and biking adventures

Whatever your outdoor pleasure, it can be found here: from skiing and snowboarding to tubing, zip lines, white water rafting, and downhill mountain biking. Jump aboard North America’s longest mountain coaster, or strap yourself into one of USA Today’s Top Ten Zip Lines in the United States. Fly above the tree tops at New England's largest zip destination with an introductory Base Tour and a more advanced Mountain Top Tour, and see fabulous views of the valley. The extreme Valley Jump has two half-mile-long zips that rise nearly 200 feet above the ground. Families, bring your kids and play. There are lessons, instructions, and equipment rentals, a family friendly lodging, and the Crazy Horse Bar and Grill for lunch or dinner.